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Role of Indigenous Technology Knowledge in Biological Control of Crop Diseases Under Organic Agriculture in India: An Overview

  • Shamarao Jahagirdar
  • Gududatta Hegade
  • S. A. Astaputre
  • D. N. Kambrekar
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Part of the Microorganisms for Sustainability book series (MICRO, volume 13)

Abstract

Crop diseases take a heavy toll in agriculture. The estimated loss due to diseases alone ranges between 15% and 20% annually. The loss is more in perishable and storage losses. The contamination by several storage fungi has often led to aflatoxin production and food spoilage. This has led to increased concern over food safety and security in India. The recent thrust on organic agriculture will answer all these questions. Disease management strategies in organic agriculture aim at long-term sustainable management strategies in a holistic approach. Under organic agriculture, traditional methods form the basis of management of plant diseases in low input situations. The ancient Indian literature documents use of plant products, animal products, and wastes for curing diseases of human beings and plants. The research efforts made on managing the diseases of banana, black pepper, tobacco, and soybean are discussed in this book chapter.

Keywords

Organic agriculture Plant disease management Traditional knowledge Seed treatment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shamarao Jahagirdar
    • 1
  • Gududatta Hegade
    • 1
  • S. A. Astaputre
    • 1
  • D. N. Kambrekar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyUniversity of Agricultural SciencesDharwadIndia

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